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Spring & Summer Fashion Trends 2013
for Australia & NZ
A key trend I've noticed for a season or three is outfits that
are lighter in colour. At first I thought it was just me --
I've found myself feeling weighed down when I've worn outfits with my
usual base of chocolate brown (my version of black). However, I've now
recognised it as a growing trend. And it especially makes sense for the
Spring and Summer fashion season in the warmer regions of Australia,
we want to reflect heat rather than absorb it.
Yes, of course there is still a lot of black around. However, it's
often mixed with white or lighter colours. Either in a pattern in the
garment itself, or in the styling of an outfit, on the runway, in shops
and in fashion magazines.
To embrace this trend, it might require you to re-think how to
combine colours in your outfits. Of course, I'd
love to help you with that!
Sadly, if you're into layering this way, it looks as if
leggings are disappearing. Use skinny, or slim-fitting pants instead.
Spring & Summer Fashion Trends: Main Style Elements
Pants, Trousers and Shorts
Pant legs are finally getting fuller.
There are still many
pants around, but at last we're also seeing fuller styles,
slim straight legs; tapered legs; harem; pyjama style, that
legs with elastic or draw-string waist, and often in soft or silky
fabric; and even palazzo styles.
There are more colourful, patterned pants available, and still
some plain, coloured pant options.
pants, such as 3/4 length jeans with cuffs (or roll your
full length to create this effect). Please make
sure your 3/4
length pants have slim, narrow legs, or are tapered, unless you want to
make your legs and you look extra short!
You'll find shorts in all
lengths from really short to below
the knee. Now is a good time to replace any worn out knee length
shorts, there are a few options around, including jean shorts
Silhouettes include something for everyone:
- Fit and flare -- great if you
have an hourglass silhouette or a
triangle body shape (though make sure the flare is in a fabric that
creates a subtle A-line shape, rather than exaggerating your wider
- Boxy and stiff -- in
contemporary takes of 60s styles
- Boxy and soft -- in shifts and
tunic styles (layer tunics over pants, skirts or dresses)
- Semi-fitted -- works for every
body shape. Good for the office
- Fitted -- body-conscious styles
Lengths are still mainly around
some midis (just above or just below mid-calf, don't
let the hem end at the widest part of your calves) -- we'll be seeing
more of this length son -- and some full-length maxis.
There are still many peplum
styles around -- take care the
peplum doesn't end at your widest part!
There still aren't many skirt styles around. What there is is
mainly tapered or straight and around
knee length and some full,
dirndl-styles. There are some knee-length, straight jean
white as well as blue.
I was expecting to see more of the midi-lengths I was seeing
in Europe, but they don't seem to have made it here yet. There are also
a few full length skirts available.
Cardigans & Jackets
As an alternative to a cardigan, a jacket takes an outfit up a
notch or two in smartness. There are still many jacket style
choices around this season for both going out and work. Styles include:
- Around hip-bone length blazers and tailored jackets
- Crotch length blazers
- High hip-length denim jackets
are long-line and floaty,
shorter and floaty, or shorter and
more classical feminine-styles.
- Short sleeves -- there are
more options with sleeves this
year. Good news if you dislike displaying upper arms, or if you've got
a triangle body shape!
- Shirts -- in crisp linen, and
soft cottons. Tie the ends of longer-style shirts, for a
contemporary, casual look
- Kaftan-style tops -- great for
beach cover ups or paired
with shorts, or skinny or slim pants or jeans
- Crop tops -- only for the
young and then only those with
well-toned, trim figures please!
Shoes & Sandals
- Toes: pointed and almond. Toe
caps in a contrasting colour add a twist to classic pumps
- Heels: flat, and high, but
some nice medium-height
varieties too. Styles include: wedges; stiletto; stacked. Platforms
with all heel variations, including flats (I think of this as
- Ankle straps -- not so good if
you don't like your ankles
or calves. If you want to try this style anyway, look for skin toned
straps to minimise the ankle and calf broadening effect
- Other high vamp styles
including strappy-gladiator-inspired variations
- Sheen, shine and glitter --
colours act as a great neutral shoe to go with many outfits
- Snakeskin -- in earthy tones,
also acts as a great neutral
Casual flats include: Birkenstock
because they've currently got some fun colours? I'm yet to be conviced
as to their comfort, they seem so stiff!); ballet flats; oxfords and
Necklaces -- there are many fun
necklaces around in
tribal-inspired styles. Collar-bone lengths create a great
collar-effect on simple, high-necked tops or dresses.
Spring & Summer Fashion Trends: Main Style Themes
- Feminine -- style elements
include: soft or sheer fabrics;
dainty florals; dots; lace; fit and flare silhouettes; light and soft
colours; modest lengths and necklines
- Man-style -- relaxed,
boyfriend jeans; blazers; crisp,
man-style suiting; safari-style jackets
- Bohemian (hippy even) --
comfortable, loose fitting
clothes; ethnic prints; tie-die prints;
- Luxe -- sheen, shine and
textures. Created from sequins,
beading, jacard, lace, metallic-look
fabrics, satins and silks. In daytime outfits, as well as for evening
- Eras -- The main styling eras
include: 30s (Art Deco style
elements); 40s (skirts below the knees, sweet knits and land-girl
styles); 50s (fit and flare dresses); 60s (boxy styles)
- Military styling -- metal
buttons, epaulets, camouflage print
- Punk -- black and red
clothing, hard and raw finishes: netting,
raw-textured fabrics; hardware such as chains, studs and
- Comfortable -- looser fitting
styles: boxy and stiff; boxy
and soft; drawstring waists.
Spring & Summer Fashion: Main Fabric Trends
- Leather -- more for cooler Spring days! Used in bottoms,
tops and panel inserts in garments
- Linen -- I'm loving fine-linen tops, as a change from
- Viscose and rayon -- both manmade, but from wood pulp
versus plastic, so they feel nice against the skin
- Sheer, floaty fabrics
Fabric Prints and Textures
- Florals -- big and bold;
Liberty-style prints; garden-inspired; and
abstract. A great way to express a feminine element
- Dots -- another feminine
- Stripes -- horizontal,
vertical and diagonal orientations are around. A masculine style
element reminding us of maritime activities, and summer
(though we may be seeing them this Autumn/Winter season too!)
- Mixed fabrics, such as cotton
or viscosse tops with
semi-sheer polyester at hem-line
- Mixed prints -- I'm
stripes with florals or dots (not on me personally, but those
combinations have worked well for some of my clients). Do make sure
there's some relationship
betweent the 2 patterns, such as at least some colours the
same in both prints. And check that the scale of the 2 prints work
- Laser-cut leather -- creates a
feminine look from a masculine
Fabric Color Trends
There are many neon lights, brights, and
pastels (muted and
light), as you might expect at this time of year. Spring and Summer
fashion colours include:
- Greens -- the Pantone colour
of the year. Mainly cool and
neutral versions. Some clear, warm, Spring colours as well. Very few
sludgy, olivey greens (sad for those of us with Autumn colouring)
- Navy -- a great neutral
alternative to black!
- Blues -- light to medium hues.
Mainly cool temperatures,
but a few warm acquas and turquoises too
- Whites -- pure white, soft
whites, and light creams
- Black and white
- Reds, pinks, watermelons, corals, oranges
-- bold and cheerful!
- Yellows -- refreshing and
summery feeling, but can be tricky to wear, unless part of a pattern,
unless your skin is darker
Ways to wear colour include:
- Going neutral -- with tones
close to your skin tones, this
is a challenging look to pull off and still look healthy!
- Monotone -- Try pairing tones
of similar colours, for a
modern take on the monotone look. The monotone look makes
you seem taller and slimmer!
- Colour blocking -- try teaming
separates in strong shades
of very different colours. Or look for garments that already have
blocks within the design. An especially flattering, slimming, version
of this is where the design has a lighter or brighter panel in the
centre of the garment and a darker shade on the outside!
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